Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

satem

play
adjective sa·tem \ˈsä-təm\

Definition of satem

  1. :  of, relating to, or constituting an Indo-European language group in which the palatal stops became in prehistoric times palatal or alveolar fricatives — compare centum



Origin and Etymology of satem

Avestan satəm hundred; from the fact that its initial sound (derived from an alveolar fricative) is the representative of an Indo-European palatal stop — more at hundred


First Known Use: 1901

Rhymes with satem


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up satem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of striking ability or excellence

Get Word of the Day daily email!